Child care proceedings solicitors

No matter how difficult or complicated the circumstances, Stephensons’ experienced child care lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you and your family. If social services have taken your child into care, or have threatened to do so, it’s important that you are represented by someone who understands the legal process. Call us on 0203 816 0548 for a free, no obligation initial chat with one of our legal advisors. 

Our family law department includes members of the Law Society’s Children Panel, the Family Law Panel, the Greater Manchester Family Courts Forum, the Greater Manchester Family Justice Board and Child Concern.

We also have more Resolution Accredited Specialists than any other law firm in the UK.

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Why choose Stephensons?

Stephensons’ child care solicitors specialise in dealing with complex and sensitive child care proceedings. We represent thousands of people, each year, across the UK. We can provide assistance and advice to parents, family members, children and guardians across all aspects of child care proceedings, including:

  • Care orders
  • Supervision orders
  • Emergency protection orders
  • Placement orders
  • Adoption orders
  • Special guardianship orders
  • Child arrangement orders
  • Prohibited steps orders
  • Specific issue orders
  • Child abduction
  • Wardship and orders under the inherent jurisdiction
  • Defending allegations of injury, abuse or neglect
  • Domestic abuse/violence
  • Police protection
  • Pre-proceedings meetings
  • Child protection conferences

Our child care solicitors will handle every aspect of your case, from the first meeting to representing you in court proceedings. We recognise the need for adopting a suitable approach to meet the needs of your case and, when appropriate robustly defending you and your family’s interests in court.

Our lawyers recognise the difficulties faced by parents and extended family members who find themselves needing legal advice and always give straight forward guidance in a sensitive and empathetic way. We are also able to arrange emergency client meetings, when appropriate, ensuring that your case moves quickly when time is key.

We are committed to providing access to legal services for all and in other cases we offer affordable fixed fee legal services. Parents involved in care proceedings and the pre-proceedings process are entitled to legal aid regardless of financial position.

Stephensons’ family law team has a strong reputation for achieving positive outcomes for its clients. The department was voted the Family Law Firm of the Year in 2014 and is accredited in the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as ‘leaders in the field of child care’.

Child Proceedings Video Panel

  • Child Care Proceedings - Family Law 

    Head of Stephensons family team Mike Devlin and specialist solicitor Jackie Price talk about our experience representing parents, children and other family members on issues relating to children. No matter how difficult or complicated the circumstances, Stephensons’ experienced child care lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you and your family.
    [youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI3EitjZneU"]

Case studies

Associate solicitor, Tim Galbraith, recently helped a family whose son was placed into foster care after they were wrongly suspected of causing harm to him. Read more

We're widely accredited for our work - family law

  • Chambers
  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our family law team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

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As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

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As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.